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SEWANEE — The Tullahoma boys and girls tennis teams competed in the District 8-AAA tournament Thursday and Friday at The University of the South. Patsy Terry and Taylor Myers claimed first place in the doubles tournament, while Laura Burke was the runner-up in the singles tournament.
“It’s been a great year and we had so much fun. We’re so happy that we won the district tournament and are going to miss everyone on our team,” Terry said, who is a senior.
For the girls team, Abby Tackett and Burke played varsity singles, and Lauren Brown played junior varsity singles. Patsy Terry, Taylor Myers, Katie Meyers and Julie Kanan played doubles.
For the boys team, Caleb Olive and JP Fraley played varsity singles; Austin Smith and Sam Wright played junior varsity singles. Carlos Whited, Kenton Culbertson, Dean Blanks, and Reed Gabriel played doubles.
Teams competed from Tullahoma, Lincoln County, Columbia Central, Franklin County, Shelbyville Central and Lawrence County.
The competition began Thursday, and those who won moved on to compete Friday in the semifinal and finals. Al of Tullahoma’s players advanced beyond the first round.
“They’ve gotten much better through the year,” said Tullahoma head coach Corey Searcy. “They were good when we began and then through the year, you can see the improvement. They’ve worked hard, they’ve worked as a team, they’ve been dedicated, they’ve come to practice and sometimes it’s been hard trying to figure out the lineup because they’re all so competitive.
“They all want to do well and it’s been fun. We’ve had a good team, all the way around.”
Individuals who placed first or second will continue competing. Tullahoma will compete in the team district tournament in early May. The top team will move on from that event. Tullahoma’s girls were the regular season district champions.
“We had a strong showing here and we had a strong move into the second round and third round and finals,” added assistant coach Maureen Burke.
Burke, along with the doubles team of Terry and Myers, will advance to the TSSAA Region tournament in Murfreesboro later in May.
By LEAH TERRY, For The Tullahoma News